The Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio has developed a new website and blog devoted to Latino health, SaludToday.
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“SaludToday” – New Latino Health Website and Blog
New Dental Public Health Page on PHPartners.org
PHPartners.org, a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries, has a new topic page on Dental Public Health. The page was created by UT Health Science Center librarians, Julie K. Gaines and Linda S. Levy as part of the dental public health information project, SMILE . The page includes different topics within the dental public health field such as Associations and Organizations, Education and Training, Health Promotion and Education, and Statistics and Data.
Good Health Blogs
Writers and readers of health blogs now have one way to identify a site as a source of authentic health-related information. The Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics (HBCE) reviews health blog sites to see if they maintain standards of 1) Clear presentation of perspective 2) Confidentiality 3) Commercial disclosure 4) Reliability of information and 5) Courtesy. Approved sites are listed on their website, and in turn bloggers can download an HBCE button to place on their blog’s homepage to identify themselves. The approved blogs come from a wide range of health interests, written by patients, medical health professionals, and students in both undergraduate and graduate professional health programs. An array of health-related topics are covered from personal accounts of coping with cancer, to the challenges of training to work as a paramedic, to support for independent practice for nurse practitioners. You can review the continuously updated list of medical blogs and patient blogs on their site. To have your blog reviewed so that it can be added, please visit their site here for instructions: http://medbloggercode.com/get-the-code/.
Texas A&M International University – Wicked Wellness Health Fair
On Tuesday, October 27th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Texas A &M International University(TAMIU) hosted a Wicked Wellness Health Fair for students. faculty, staff and the Laredo Community. Participants were able to view over 25 booths set up by various agencies, receive free health information, and also free health screenings. We were also treated to yoga, sumba and spinning class demonstrations by the TAMIU students.
American Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month, and the best way to make people aware of diabetes is to bring the knowledge of what diabetes is, how it can be prevented, and how to live with it. Both the American Diabetes Association and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease have a wealth of information to enlighten and inform. The ADA website has an online diabetes risk calculator to help visitors to the site determine if they may be at more of a risk to develop diabetes, and the NIDDK website has a publication order area where pre-printed information can be ordered free of charge. Both sites provide information English and Spanish.
25th Annual Update In Medicine Conference
25th Annual Update In Medicine Conference
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio – Laredo Campus Extension hosted AHEC’s (the Area Health Education Center of Mid Rio Grande Border Area of Texas, Inc.), 25TH annual update in medicine conference on October 16-17.
The two day event offered continuing education credits to physicians, nurses, social workers and nurse practitioners. The featured topics consisted of topics on abuse, autism, cancer, dementia, depression, COPD, MRSA, STD’s and TB outbreaks.
Keith Cogdill, from UT HSC Briscoe Library presented a PubMed Review training session for our local doctors. The PubMed participants received a special hands-on training about the PubMed database.
CDC introduces campaign to avoid overuse of antibiotics
The CDC has recently launched this year’s “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” program. Intended for health professionals and the general public, the education program reminds about appropriate use of antibiotics and the threat of antibiotic resistance from overuse of antibiotics. The goal of the program is to reduce unnecessary prescribing and to modify the attitudes and behavior of the general public about when antibiotics are truly necessary. The program, introduced in 2003 is comprehensive and includes a media campaign (including a virtual press kit and materials designed for Spanish-speakers and American Indian audiences), funding and technical assistance for several state and local partners to develop, implement, and evaluate local campaigns, as well as television and radio public service announcements (PSAs) for use in local markets. Educational materials and information are available on the the “Get Smart” website at http://cdc.gov/getsmart/.
CareLink Covers Bexar County Residents
“CareLink is not insurance, but it allows participants access to the medical services and prescription drugs they need while charging them a monthly fee they can afford to pay based on their income. It also puts a tremendous focus on preventative care by requiring routine physical exams to cut down on unnecessary visits to the emergency room.”
To read more about CareLink in Bexar County, please visit http://tpr.org/news/2009/10/news0910082.html
Questions about H1N1?
Are you confused by all the information about H1N1 flu? If so, you have the opportunity to ask an expert your question. And, you can read what others have asked and the responses.
Infectious disease specialists from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio answer your questions about the H1N1 flu virus:
Ramirez Library Staff Participate in Design for a Cure Contest
The Knapp Medical Center Foundation in Weslaco, Texas recently kicked off its first Design for a Cure fundraising campaign. This campaign inivited members of the community to design a bra around a theme related to breast cancer research and awareness. All entries will be voted on, and a winner will be announced at the end of October. The cost per vote is $1.00, and all proceeds from the contest will be used to provide mammograms to indigent women in the community.
Staff at the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the UTHSC Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen submitted an entry called “LiBRArians: Surfing for a Cure”. The design reflects the “support” role that librarians play in assisting biomedical researchers and clinicians in their efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. To view the contest entries and vote for your favorite design, please visit: http://vmstar.upickem.net/engine/ApprovedSubmissions.aspx?PageType=APPROVED&contestid=10602.